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Ruling stands: Coyote Rock docks are illegal

A dock sits below Coyote Rock development in May 2012 just after the Washington State Court of Appeals ruled that docks installed at the development were illegal. SR file photo

The Washington State Supremen Court has declined to review a Court of Appeals decision that ruled the two docks installed by a developer in the Coyote Rock development on the Spokane River are illegal. The appeals court said that shoreline exemptions can only be used by homeowners, not a developer building a spec home. This ends, for now at least, the long debate over the legaility of the docks. I'll keep an eye on what happens next. Look for a story on the issue in Friday's paper. 

Today’s highlights

A dock sits below the Coyote Rock development May 8 in Spokane Valley. The Shoreline Master Program draft goals and policies includes a requirement that residential developments with more than two homes have community rather than individual docks. SR photo/Tyler Tjomsland

We have a nice, sunny Thursday before us, but there is still time to take a look at some highlights from today's Valley Voice. The Spokane Valley Planning Commission had a rather lengthy meeting last week to go over the draft goals and policies for the city's Shoreline Master Program update. Among the items they discussed were the policies addressing gravel mining pits and docks.

The Spokane Valley City Council also met and they approved awarding the bid for resurfacing and reconstruction work on Evergreen Road from 16th to 32nd and on 32nd between Highway 27 and Best Road. Vera Water and Power will be installing a new water line as well. Construction should start in about a month.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger spoke to 8-year-old Ansel LaPier recently. The Liberty Lake resident recently won a national award for a short film that he wrote, filmed and acted in. Correspondent Cindy Hval, who is always an expert on the emotions that make mothers tick, has a touching column today about her recent Mother's Day celebration.

Saturday’s highlights

A dock sits below the Coyote Rock development Tuesday. The Washington state Court of Appeals ruled that docks installed at the development were illegal. SR photo/Tyler Tjomsland

We have a ton of good stories for you in Saturday's Valley Voice, so let's get right to it. The Washington State Court of Appeals recently ruled that the docks at the Coyote Rock development are illegal after a lawsuit filed by the Department of Ecology, but the court didn't examine one of the issues presented by the DOE and the environmental groups that joined the lawsuit.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a great story on students at Summit School, who sent their teacher light-hearted threats in iambic pentameter to convince him to allow them to put on a shortened, clown-based version of “Hamlet.” Lisa also reported on vandalism of the sheds at the East Valley community garden. Police quickly arrested the group of teens responsible, but students were left to clean up the mess.

A goup of Girl Scouts has come through in a big way for the town of Millwood. Correspondent Valerie Putnam reported on their successful effort to raise enough money to repair the town's wading pool. The Spokane Valley City Council seems willing to explore contracting with SpokAnimal for animal control services instead of SCRAPS. City staff is still in the information collecting stage.  

Coyote Rock protest

On Sunday, rafters, kayakers and canoeists protest the proposal to build docks along the Spokane River. SR photo/Dan Pelle

Reporter Pia Hallenberg has a story in today's paper on Sunday's floating protest against proposed docks in the Coyote Rock development on the Spokane River. The docks are the subject of a couple of lawsuits. Environmentalists are worried about more boats on the river and the impact on native fish.

Click here for Pia's story and here for a previous story on the dock issue.

Coyote Rock docks still causing a fuss

Both docks in the Coyote Rocks development in Spokane Valley were damaged this spring from the rising waters of the Spokane River. SR file photo/J. Bart Rayniak

Outdoors writer Rich Landers has an interesting story in today's paper about the ongoing controversy surrounding 30 proposed docks at the Coyote Rock development on the Spokane River. So far there have been fines and a lawsuit. It looks like next week a formal challange will be heard by the Pollution Control Board. And on Sunday a protest rally/river float is planned at noon at Plantes Ferry Park, which is near the development. Read Rich's story for more details.

Today’s highlights

This is the second of two docks  that a judge says were built with a valid city-awarded exemption from the Shoreline Management Act. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

The City of Spokane Valley has come out ahead in a lawsuit filed against it by the Department of Ecology, but an attorney with Spokane Riverkeeper has already indicated he will likely file an appeal of the decision given by a Spokane County Superior Court judge. The lawsuit involves docks in the Coyote Rock development on the Spokane River. Read to see why some believe the docks are illegal.

Also in today's Valley Voice is a story on Meals on Wheels delivering donated pet food to home-bound senior citizens. Some seniors were sharing their food with their pets because they didn't have enough money for pet food.

Coming Thursday

One quick note before we get into Thursday's coming attractions. Expect light posting for the next couple of days as I stay home, sleep in and sit in my recliner. I promise to poke my head in at least once to post links to Thursday's stories and, thanks to the wonders of technology, I'll pre-write a preview of Saturday's Valley Voice that will post on Friday.

Now then, where were we. On Thursday I'll take another look at the situation involving docks installed illegally at the Coyote Rock development on the Spokane River near Plantes Ferry Park. The Department of Ecology sued the City of Spokane Valley over what it said were improper exemptions from the Shoreline Management Act.  A judge has recently released a letter of opinion in the case. Also, we'll have a great story on Meals on Wheels volunteers delivering pet food to seniors who would sometimes share their own food with their furry companion because they couldn't afford to buy pet food.

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